Three arrested over £2m car theft conspiracy

Range Rover, found during raid by Northumbria Police
Northumbria Police say dozens of Range Rovers during the past eighteen months. Credit: Northumbria Police

Three man have been arrested during an investigation into a £2m car theft ring.

Northumbria Police say dozens of high-value Land Rovers have been stolen in Sunderland and across Tyneside since February 2019. 

On Thursday, officers carried out raids in Jarrow, New Herrington, West Boldon and Sunderland. Three men, all in their thirties, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal motor vehicles.

Police believe organised gangs are stealing cars and selling them to fund other suspected criminal activities. Credit: Northumbria Police

Police also seized two cannabis farms, £2,000 in cash, dozens of mobile phones, car parts and registration plates. Officers say the raids were directed against “serious and organised crime”. 

Detective Inspector Phil Cleugh say the operation will put a “serious dent” in the pockets of local criminal gangs. 

“There warrants were a result of months of intelligence gathering as we look to build a clearer picture into this sophisticated conspiracy spanning the whole of Northumbria [force area]”, he said.